Yankee traders

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Yankee traders is a term used historically to refer to American merchants and drug smugglers, particularly around the turn of the 19th century.[1] Many of the Yankee traders came from Boston or other New England ports — hence the appellation "Yankee".[1] They were reputed to be particularly shrewd and independent.[2]


  1. ^ a b Kales, David (2007). "Yankee Traders". The Boston Harbor Islands: A History of an Urban Wilderness. The History Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-59629-290-1.
  2. ^ Kathryn VanSpanckeren. American Literature. United States Department of State. p. 159.

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